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Two circles of radii 10 cm and 8 cm intersect each other at two points, and the length of the common chord is 12 cm. Find the distance between their centers.

Asked by Topperlearning User 4th June 2014, 1:23 PM
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Answer:

Let O and O' be the centers of the circle of radii 10 cm and 8 cm respectively.

Let PQ be their common chord.

We have,

OP = 10 cm

O'P = 8 cm

PQ = 12 cm

(Perpendicular from the center of the circle to a chord bisects the chord).

In right OLP, we have

OP2 = OL2 + PL2

In right O'LP we have

(O'P)2 = (PL)2 + (O'L)2

OO' = 8 + 5.29

= 13.29 cm

Answered by Expert 4th June 2014, 3:23 PM
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